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Fish Oil for HIV-Related Inflamm-aging and Immune Senescence

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02102724
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 3, 2014
Results First Posted : March 26, 2019
Last Update Posted : March 26, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Rush University Medical Center

Brief Summary:
HIV infection is associated with premature aging of the immune system. It is believe that the persistent inflammation that accompanies HIV infection is a major contributor to premature immune aging. Fish oil has well-documented anti-inflammatory properties. In this randomized, clinical trial, we're testing whether a 12-week course of fish oil supplementation will reverse premature aging in HIV-infected older adults.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
HIV Infection Dietary Supplement: Fish oil that contains omega-3 fatty acids Dietary Supplement: Placebo Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 37 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description:

Participants were randomized to one of two arms:

Intervention arm = fish oil Control arm = placebo.

Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Masking Description: All gelcaps were overencapsulated to mask their contents
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Fish Oil for HIV-Related Inflamm-aging and Immune Senescence
Study Start Date : April 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2015

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Fish Oil
Participants will receive fish oil gelcaps that contain 1.6 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (800 mg of EPA, 600 mg DHA, 200 mg other omega-3 fatty acids) for 12 weeks.
Dietary Supplement: Fish oil that contains omega-3 fatty acids
Fish oil gelcaps that contain 800 mg of EPA, 600 mg of DHA, 200 mg other omega-3 fatty acids
Other Name: Carlson Brand fish oil

Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Participants will receive 1 gram of oleic sunflower oil for 12 weeks.
Dietary Supplement: Placebo
Gelcaps that contain 1 gram of oleic sunflower oil

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in Markers of Immune Senescence Between Baseline Values and Values After 12 Weeks of Supplementation [ Time Frame: End of 12-Week Supplementation Period ]
    Markers of immune senescence will include change in the expression of the senescence markers CD28 and CD57 on the surface of peripheral CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes. We will measure the percentage of CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes that are CD28-/CD57- or CD28-/CD57+. We will subtract the percentage obtained at Week 12 from the baseline percentage to calculate the change scores.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • documented HIV infection
  • between 40 and 70 years of age
  • clinically stable HIV disease as evidenced by a CD4+ T lymphocyte count of > 250 cells/mm3
  • platelet count between 150,000 and 400,000 cells/mm3 to reduce bleeding risks associated with omega 3-fatty acids
  • treatment with a stable HAART regimen for at least six months prior to study entry
  • plasma HIV RNA < 75 copies/ml for at least 12 months
  • elevated plasma concentration of hsCRP (> 2.0 mg/L).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • use within the past month of drugs (e.g., statins, steroids, hormones) and supplements (e.g., omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine/chondroitin) that have anti-inflammatory effects (excluding non-regular use of aspirin or NSAIDS), or medications or supplements that affect bleeding (e.g., heparin, warfarin, clopidogrel, garlic, ginseng)
  • allergy to fish or shellfish
  • chronic inflammatory condition (e.g., asthma, rheumatoid arthritis), opportunistic infection or cancer, renal impairment (serum creatinine > 2.0 mg/dL), thrombocytopenia (platelet count < 150,000/mm3), bleeding episodes (e.g., gum bleeding, nosebleeds), or a metabolic condition (e.g., diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease)
  • body mass index of > 35, since obesity is associated with inflammation
  • impaired liver function as evidenced by liver enzyme elevations > three times the upper limit of normal (AST or ALT > 150 IU/L)
  • history of prostate cancer
  • LDL cholesterol level > 120 mg/dL
  • lifestyle exclusion factors include use of illicit drugs and consumption of > 3 alcoholic drinks/day

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02102724

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United States, Illinois
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rush University Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Barbara A. Swanson, PhD, RN Rush University College of Nursing
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Responsible Party: Rush University Medical Center Identifier: NCT02102724    
Other Study ID Numbers: 5P20MD006886 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: April 3, 2014    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: March 26, 2019
Last Update Posted: March 26, 2019
Last Verified: March 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Rush University Medical Center:
African Americans
Older Adults
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases